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Telephone Tales

Telephone Tales

by Gianni Rodari and Valerio Vidali
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/01/2021

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Night after night, a father spins a new, wildly fantastical tale from the other end of the telephone.

Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales is many stories within a story. Every night, a traveling father must finish a bedtime story in the time that a single coin will buy.

One night, it's a carousel that adults cannot comprehend, but whose operator must be some sort of magician, the next, it's a land filled with butter men who melt in the sunshine!

ISBN:
9781592702848
9781592702848
Category:
Picture storybooks
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-01-2021
Publisher:
Enchanted Lion Books
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
212
Dimensions (mm):
247x169x31mm
Weight:
0.89kg
Gianni Rodari

The Italian Author Gianni Rodari wrote many beloved children's books and was awarded the prestigious Andersen Prize. But he was also an educator of paramount importance in Italy and an activist who understood the liberating power of the imagination.

He is one of the twentieth century's greatest authors for children, and Italy's greatest. Influenced by French surrealism and linguistics, Rodari stressed the importance of poetic language, metaphor, made-up language, and play. At a time when schooling was all about factual knowledge, Rodari wrote The Grammar of Fantasy, a radically imaginative book about storytelling and play.

He was a forerunner of writing techniques such as the "fantastic binomial" and the utopian, world engendering "what if...." The relevance of Rodari's works today lies in his poetics of imagination, his humanist yet challenging approach to reality, and his themes, such as war and peace, immigration, injustice, inequality, and liberty. Forty years after his death, Rodari's writing is as powerful and innovative as ever. He died in Rome in 1980.

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